NHS “junior” doctors strike cancels 125,000 services

More than 125,000 appointments and operations were cancelled and will need to be rearranged as thousands of junior doctors — those with up to 10 years of experience — posted picket lines outside hospitals around England, according to a Canadian Press Story dated April 26, 2016. http://bit.ly/239L1RP

The two-day strike impacted National Health Service [NHS] emergency services. The financial dispute centres on whether day shifts on Saturday should be treated as a normal working day. The government proposal calls for extra pay for shifts on Saturday night and Sunday.

In Canada, a two-year impasse exists between the Ontario government and the Ontario Medical Association; and, the Alberta Medical Association is in discussions with the Alberta government on “bending the cost curve” for physician services.

 

 

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